"Hopping on someone's W32 for a five day trip and having a "bad" feeling isn't surprising. I've never experienced a bad, uncomfortable motion from our W32. I tend to view claims such as "it's a slow boat" and "it hobby horses" and "it rolls too much", etc, as being caused by the sailor, not the boat."
I'm with Blah on the quote above. There's that old saw about Buddy Melges who showed up at a local club on race
night and said " give me the worst boat in the whole fleet" then proceeded to kick everybodies butt.
Never noticed a tandency to hobby horse with Molly B. This is most likely because the original owner did a great job of distributing about 300# of lead pigs as well as the placement of tankage and we have kept the weight out of the ends.
So far though we have much to learn yet following seas have been managed best by taking them just on the quarter... biggest concern here of course is the attention at the helm
. The Dreadnoughts are blessed with a large rudder
which makes them easier to helm
in these circumstances.
Next we start playing with the cutter
set up and sail combos to see, in spite of the design challenges if we can improve close hauled performance a bit more. As yet she doesn't show excessive weather
helm but maybe we can squeeze out another knot
Anyway, the point being, as has been said here before, it's all about trade-offs and learning the boat.
We have a great relationship with our fat grrrl. We knew the score on our first date and have enjoyed getting to know her better.